LANCASTER, Ohio (December 9, 2011) – Charlie Dresbach, R.N., discharge planner at Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) recently received the Firefly Award at the Fairfield County Family, Adult and Children First Council year-end meeting.
Fairfield County Family, Adult and Children First Council explained that Fairfield County has a tremendous drug problem and that with the marked increase in drug abuse, the FMC maternity staff has seen a disturbing increase in infants born addicted to drugs. Prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol can dramatically affect an infant’s health, development and need for special care.
“As this problem and need for information has grown, Charlie has gone above and beyond to advocate the matter and educate caregivers and professionals,” said Sara Condrac, Family, Adult and Children First Council parent education coordinator. “In 2010, Charlie and childbirth educators Cheryl Eads, Susan Cooperider and Lori Hill compiled research on the issue and created a three-hour class specifically intended for caregivers of substance-exposed infants.”
Dresbach received the award from Condrac in the presence of more than 130 people. “I am very honored to accept this award on behalf of my team and am glad to help out with the fight against opiate addiction in our community,” Charlie said. “My hope is that with more awareness and understanding we can limit the amount of suffering among our fellow friends and neighbors.”
In the past year, Charlie and her staff have taught approximately 11 classes with about 180 participants attending. Charlie has spoken at many local conferences and even brought the well-received class to inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Institution. About 100 nursing students have taken the class so far and the community as a whole has greatly benefited from the efforts of these dedicated educators.
FMC has been involved in the Opiate Task Force for the Lancaster and surrounding communities, which included leadership, collaboration, media awareness, education, support, physician involvement, required education modules, staff participation, hosting of meetings and much more.
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